Baseball fans will get a chance to see National Baseball Hall of Fame member Ozzie Smith at the first Night with the Knights, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Charlotte Convention Center Ballroom.
The season kick-off evening will include a dinner, silent auction and speech from Smith. Tickets to the event are $125 per person, $1,000 per table.
All net proceeds will go to the United Way of York County and the United Way of Central Carolinas. Tickets are available by calling (704) 36-HOMER or visiting www.nightwightheknights.com.
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Recent news from Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism:
• Girls ages 4 to 12 and their fathers or other special adult males are invited to the Daddy/Daughter Rising Star Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Baxter Hood Center, 452 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill. The dance will feature party music, souvenir photos, light refreshments and a chance to be named the Star Couple of the evening. Attire is dressy casual. Tickets are $20 per couple, and $5 for each additional girl. They must be purchased in advance at any Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism center or at the PRT office at Rock Hill City Hall, room 390. For details, call 329-5620.
• Registration for spring youth sports begins Monday and will last through Feb. 22. A new competitive soccer league for ages 10 to 15 will be offered in addition to the regular soccer league. The new league will consist of competitive play, scorekeeping, standings and an end-of-season tournament. All games will be played at Manchester Meadows. Registration fee is $77, which includes a mandatory $7 insurance fee. Baseball ($37), recreation soccer and girls softball ($35) will be offered again this year. Registration is taken during office hours at Manchester Meadows; the Cherry Park tower; the PRT Office, Room 390, at City Hall and at the four city recreation centers. First-time players should bring a copy of their birth certificate. Brochures are available at www.rockhillrocks.com. Call 326-3792 or 329-5672 for details.
• The OWLS (Older, Wiser, Loving Seniors) group will host its annual Valentine Party at Boyd Hill Recreation Center at noon Feb. 14. The fee is $3 and includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Registration is required by Feb. 6 at the PRT Office, City Hall, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The fee can be mailed to: City of Rock Hill, Carolyn Snyder, P.O. Box 11706, Rock Hill. Call 329-5626 or 329-5620 to check space availability.
• The Happy Travelers group is accepting registration for two trips. The group will visit the Biltmore House, Winery and Gardens during the Festival of Flowers in Asheville, N.C., on April 22. Lunch will be at the Deerpark Restaurant. The $105 fee includes transportation, lunch and Biltmore activities. Registration deadline is March 18. A trip is also planned to the Amishlands of the Ohio countryside Aug. 11 through 14. The four-day, three-night trip includes visits to the Winesburg Carriage Factory and Museum, the Breitenbach Winery, the Harry London Chocolate Factory, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canton Classic Car Museum, among other sites. Cost is $525 per person, double occupancy, and includes motorcoach transportation, three nights at the Guggisburg Swiss Inn, three breakfasts and full-course dinners, taxes and gratuities. Cancellation insurance is available. A $50 deposit is due upon registration with the balance by June 6. Registration and payment for Happy Travelers trips is taken at the PRT Office, City Hall, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The fee can also be mailed to: City of Rock Hill, Carolyn Snyder, P.O. Box 11706, Rock Hill. Call 329-5626 or 329-5620 to check space availability first.
Fort Mill Y programs include crochet, health fair
Fort Mill YMCA will offer the following programs:
• Participants will learn how to crochet a hat and scarf at Arts n' Crafts with Sammie, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. each Monday for six weeks, beginning Feb. 4. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for non-members, and includes supplies.
• Piedmont Medical Center will offer cholesterol, PSA and bone marrow screenings, as well as blood sugar tests, as part of the Fort Mill branch YMCA health fair, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Prices range from $3 to $10 per screening. David Thomas of Advanced Chiropractic Clinic and members from the Community Blood Center of Charlotte will be present.
• Homeschool art lessons with Jett Buskirk, who integrates literature, history, math, science and art, will be offered from 9 to 9:55 a.m. for ages 6 to 8 and 10 to 10:55 a.m. for ages 9 to 12 every Monday for six weeks, beginning Feb. 18. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members, plus basic supplies. Check Buskirk's credentials at www.jettsmurals.com. Space is limited.
For more information on these events, contact Karen Isaac at 548-8020, Ext. 259.
Clover theater has auditions for 'Garden'
Clover Community Theatre will hold auditions for "The Secret Garden" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Clover Middle School Auditorium, 310 Clinton St.
The play, adapted by Pamela Sterling from the Frances Hodgson Burnett book by the same name, tells a story about growth and blossoming of the earth and human spirit.
Performances are slated for early April. The cast calls for one girl, one boy, one teenage girl, one teenage boy, one woman and three men. Families are encouraged to audition together.
A director is also needed. For details, call Elaine Davis at 831-7659.
Learn the two-step or go square dancing
The following dance classes and groups have news:
• Two-step dance classes will be offered at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday in February in the St. John's Center of St. John's United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Instructors will be Bill and April Bragg. There is a one-time $10 donation fee to the church for the four-week session, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Participants should wear leather-bottomed shoes and casual clothing. Questions, call Pat at 980-4000.
• The Chester Circling Squares will offer square dancing and line dancing instruction with members Buster and Hilda Hefner at 7 p.m. Mondays, beginning Feb. 4, at the Lowrys Community Center on Old York Road, Lowrys. Regular club dances are held the second Saturday of every month for practice. Classes cost $2 per person, and dance tickets are $7 per couple. For more information, call Mickey and Carrie Green at 385-6884 or Andy and Gloria Kirk at 981-6981.
Symphony orchestra plans Clover visit
The National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of music director Leonard Slatkin, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Clover School District Auditorium. Tickets are $15.
Prior to the concert, a clinic will be held for Clover Junior High and Clover High band students by members of the orchestra. Associate Conductor Emil de Cou will lead a discussion on conducting with music students from Winthrop.
The symphony -- which accepts one invitation a year to make a state or region the focus of its American Residencies project -- announced last fall that it had accepted the South Carolina Arts Commission's invitation for its 2008 residency.
The Clover concert will be the first of five concerts and dozens of educational and outreach activities to take place across the state during the residency, which is funded by the Kennedy Center.
For more information, call David Yandle at 222-8018.
Oratory marks 75 years with Feb. 14 celebration
The Rock Hill Oratorians will celebrate 75 years of service with a Valentine's Day dinner and auction to benefit the Rock Hill Oratory, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Baxter Hood Center, Rock Hill.
Tickets are $100 per person and include drinks, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert and live entertainment.
Tables for 10 guests may be purchased by becoming an official sponsor of the event: $2,500 for St. Phillip Neri's Society, $2,000 for Cardinal Newman's Circle and $1,500 for Friends of the Oratory.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Thi Le at 370-0380.
Wachovia economist to speak in River Hills
Mark Vitner, Wachovia's director and senior economist, will speak at the River Hills Lions Club dinner meeting 7 p.m. Feb. , at the River Hills Country Club, Lake Wylie. Non-Lions Club members are invited to attend.
Vitner, who has spoken at the Lions Club meetings annually, joined Wachovia in 1993 and is responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and USA Today, among others.
He is also a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and News Hour with Jim Lehrer. To make a reservation, call Bill Burgin at 370-2828 or Mayhugh Horne at 831-2525.
Family center has clinic, play classes
The following services will be offered at the Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 217 Orange St., Rock Hill:
• Free medical clinics will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and Feb. 8, 22 and 29 for ages birth through 18 who do not have insurance. Families should park in the rear of the building and use the red door entrance. Other free pediatric clinics are located in Fort Mill, Clover and York. Children and teens may receive immunizations, sick visits and physicals at the medical clinic. To make an appointment, call 322-6636.
• P.L.A.Y. (Positive Learning Activities for Youth) classes will be held at ParentSmart from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 8 and 22. The classes are free and are designed for preschool-age children and their parents. Participants should park in the rear of the building and use the rear entrance. Details, call 981-1557.
Screenings planned for stroke, osteoporosis
Appointments for Life Line stroke and osteoporosis screenings will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 6 at the India Hook United Methodist Church, 3300 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill.
Screenings may help identify potential health problems such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, a strong predictor of heart disease.
The complete screening package includes a new heart rhythm screening to check for irregular heartbeat, a major risk factor for stroke. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered to both men and women.
Cost for the complete wellness package is $149. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Pre-registration is required. For more information or an appointment, call (888) 754-1464.
Local groups plan dinners, other benefits
The following fundraisers will kick off soon:
• The Rock Hill High School Choral Department will host a benefit, "Eat to the Beat," a catered dinner with entertainment by the school's concert choir, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Neely's Creek ARP Family Life Center, 974 Neely's Creek Road, Rock Hill. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from choral students or by calling the school at 981-1328. The deadline to buy tickets is noon Feb. 4. All proceeds will go to fund spring choral festivals and awards.
• Grace Ministries Church will have a fish fry and bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Ministries Church, 1511 Mount Holly Road, Rock Hill. Flounder, shrimp or chicken plates are $9 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under. Combination plates are $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Plates include French fries, hushpuppies, slaw and onion rings. To-go boxes are available, and meals eaten at the church include tea or lemonade. For details, call 324-5921 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Lewisville High School Athletic Booster Club will sponsor a donkey ball game at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 to raise money for athletes' letter jackets and new equipment for the softball and baseball teams. Donkeys of the Professional Animal Frolics will attempt to rid themselves of their riders during the comedic game, open to the family.
• The Lesslie Fire Department's annual barbeque will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 11 a.m. until supplies are sold out Feb. 2. at Lesslie Fire Department, 2191 Lesslie Highway, Rock Hill. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the barbecue on the first weekend in February. The ladies auxiliary will also have a bake sale with homemade pies, cakes and other baked goods. Donations of baked goods are accepted for resale.
• PATH's Thrift Store, 31 N. Congress Street, York, will have all men's shirts buy one, get one free and men's pants buy one, get one free Monday through Saturday. PATH serves needy families in the York school district.
Vintage Club dinner among week's gatherings
The following groups will meet:
• The next Tega Cay Vintage Club dinner meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tega Cay Golf Club. Dinner will be mixed green salad with mandarin orange slices, topped with raspberry viniagrette dressing, roast pork tenderloin, stuffed flounder with marmey sauce, potatoes au gratin, green beans almandine, glazed carrots, rolls with butter, coffee or tea, banana pudding and a low sugar chocolate creme pie. Evening entertainment will be provided by the Cynthia Jentz Period Dancers. Cocktails begin at 6:30. The group will also meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 for bowling at Strikers in Rock Hill. Cost is $8 per session, which includes games, shoes and lunch. February's activity will be a trip to the Clover Auditorium to see Three Rednecked Tenors, Feb. 5. March's activity will be a bus trip to Camden to watch the Carolina Cup Steeple Chase, March 29. The cost is $60 per person. Information and sign-ups for February and March activities will be available at Wednesday's dinner.
• The National Federation of the Blind, Rock Hill chapter, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Red Cross building, 200 Piedmont Blvd., Rock Hill. Members will discuss activities for the year. Details, call Lenora Robertson at 366-1832.
• The board of directors of Keystone, the York County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, will hold its monthly meeting, open to the public, at 6 p.m. Monday at 140 E. Main St., Suite 300, Rock Hill.
• Parent Connection, a network of families who have children with disabilities, will meet at 6:30 Feb. 5 at St. John's United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. The group will also meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8 for coffee at Cupp's Cafe on Cherry Road. For information, call the office at 366-4839.
• The 50's Plus group will have its monthly covered dish luncheon at noon Feb. 6 at Bowling Green Presbyterian Church, 250 Ridge Road, Bowling Green. Entertainment by a group of singers from The Golden Chorus, led by Max and Abbey Robinson, will be provided. Members are asked to bring their favorite covered dish to share. For details, call Jim Andrews at 222-3598.
• The Newcomers Club of York County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Waterford Golf Club, Rock Hill, with guest speaker William Hillman, a director, producer and writer. A buffet lunch will be served for $11 per person. To RSVP, call Marie at 396-0582 before noon Feb. 7.
• The Tri-County Forrestry Association will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Chester County Extension Office, 109 Ella St., Chester. The group will hear a presentation about how to sell timber by professsional forestry consultant Paul Majors with Majors and Company in Newberry. A business meeting will follow. To register, call the Chester County Extension Office at 385-6181.
Support groups help with grief, other issues
These support groups will meet:
• Hospice and Community Care will offer a six-week support group, Grief in Families Together (G.I.F.T), for parents, guardians and their children ages 3 to 18 who have recently experiened the death of someone significant. The group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday for six weeks, beginning Feb. 7, at 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill.
The goals include acknowledging and verbalizing loss, commemorating deceased loved ones, improving communication between adults and children about grief and loss, educating family members and increasing positive coping skills. Call 329-1500 for more information.
• GriefShare, a grief recovery support group, will meet from 11 a.m. to noon and again from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 13 and continuing through April 30 in Room 210, First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. For more information, call the church office at 327-7181.
• Alzheimer's Early Stage Diagnosed Support Group, for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's and their caregivers, will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association Office, 2115 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. For details, call 327-4715.
Animal rehabilitators has volunteer training
The Animal Rehabilitators of the Carolinas (ARC) is offering a class for new volunteers March 8, 9 and 15 in the South Charlotte area.
Volunteers of the nonprofit group, dedicated to the care and release of orphaned and injured wildlife in the Carolinas, rehabilitate wildlife out of their homes. No experience is necessary, but volunteers must be 18 or older.
The class includes a manual and first-year membership with ARC. Classes cover basic care and feeding of wildlife and species-specific information.
To sign up for the classes, call Sherry Johnson at 548-4604.
McMullen family plans gathering
The McMullen family is planning a 2008 reunion for descendents of John and Alice McMullen and their children, Alexander, John, Paul, Clyde, Willie, Victory, Sally, Mary, Lovette, Maggie and Gertrude.
For information, call 329-4211 or 329-6228.